Twins 3, Rangers 2. Not a Typo.

This is not Chris Herrmann's home run swing from Friday. - David Maxwell

Yu Darvish no-hit the Twins for six innings. BUT.

The Twins came into Friday playing like hot garbage.  And for six innings, they looked absolutely futile against Rangers ace Yu Darvish, who allowed one walk and nothing else.  Seriously: who is going to hit this pitch? The 2-0 Texas lead could have been 22-0 the way things were going.

The Twins won 3-2.

(No, I know, it looks weird.  But I swear to god it happened.)

In the top of the 7th, Brian Dozier walked to start the inning.  Then, the impossible Chris Herrmann drilled a Darvish fastball deep into the right field bleachers.

(No, I know, it looks really fucking weird.  But I swear to god it happened.)

The very next at-bat, Justin Morneau sat on a curveball and belted it even deeper into the north Texas night.

(Yeah, even I think I'm making this up right now.)

And after 6.2 innings and 11 strikeouts, the heretofore untouchable Darvish's night was done.  The Twins could have even had a 4-2 lead, but Trevor Plouffe was thrown out standing up at the plate on a rocket from Jurickson Profar Leonys Martin.

Liam Hendriks got his second major league win (against Yu Darvish, as you may have gathered).  While everyone ooh-ed and ahh-ed at Darvish's ridiculous array of pitches, Hendriks held the Rangers in check over six innings, allowing just the two runs and staying out of any big innings.  The bullpen, again, did its job, in the persons of Brian Duensing, Josh Roenicke, Jared Burton and Proven Closer Glen Perkins.

The win snaps a 5-game losing streak for the Twins, and what seemed like a month-long streak of scoring one run per game.  Morneau's dong moved him past Tony Oliva on the all-time Twins home run list.

That was their best win of the year, right?  Right.  Unbelievable.

Check back in the morning to see if this really happened.  (AUTHOR'S NOTE, 9:42 AM CDT: MULTIPLE SOURCES INDICATE THAT THIS DID, IN FACT, HAPPEN.)

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